Recently the Office of the Dean of Students sent out this email to incoming freshmen:
You are about to become a Boilermaker – Congratulations! This is an incredible place, not only to continue your education, but to experience all that the university has to offer through the plethora of student organizations. We want to encourage you to think about growing in your spiritual life as well. There are around 40 different religious student groups that offer places for worship, prayer, study, conversation, and fellowship, as well as opportunities to put faith into action through service opportunities, mission trips, and faith-based initiatives.
Please go to our website: http://www.campusfaith.info where you will find links to student ministries and organizations that are non-denominational, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, ecumenical, etc. You’ll also have opportunities to meet several faith groups during Boiler Gold Rush. Groups will be at:
–Activities Fair: Tuesday, August 14, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, in the Armory
–Faith Fest: Saturday, August 18, 4:00-5:00 pm, on the Memorial Mall
Welcome to Purdue.
University Religious Leaders and Religious Student Organizations
Sent from the Office of the Dean of Students on behalf of the University Religious Leaders and Religious Student Organizations
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The Society of Non-Theists finds it highly inappropriate for a public university to endorse religion in such a way. We feel that incoming freshmen should not be pressured into joining a religious institution, especially not by the university itself. Rhetoric of this variety is alienating to non-religious students and can make them feel like outsiders before they even set foot on this campus.
We have a meeting with the Dean of Students on Monday to try to address these issues. We hope to find a resolution to avoid such problems in the future and create a more inclusive campus.
In light of this and similar issues, we would like to ask that anyone who is subjected to or witnesses discrimination reports it to the university using the purdue.edu/report-hate page. Also, notifying us about issues can help ensure that they are addressed in a prompt and fair manner.